The TCOYD boys are back Saturday with their enormously fun diabetes show & tell

Yes, endocrinologists Stephen Edelman and his sidekick Jeremy Pittus, bring another virtual day of diabetes education that is as entertaining as it is educational. In all, life-enhancing. It seems these boys are running their educational events about once a month. Very much a silver lining during our pandemic hiatus.

I’ve already learned from these two how to dose if you want to eat three donuts (sort of) and how alcohol affects blood sugar. And both lessons had me howling. Yes, yes, there’s the regular stuff too, but TCOYDs conferences are the only place you’ll actually have fun learning how to deal with your diabetes.

Get all the details and register here. Then join me, I’ll be tuning in too.

A loving note to all our type 3s

When I got my Dexcom CGM, the idea of sharing my numbers wasn’t difficult. I like the idea of someone else looking out for me. But he knew it was an adjustment. So the first time he saw on his watch that I was low, he quickly said, “Your blood sugar’s 63!” Then he paused and added, “Does it bother you that I tell you that?” I paused and said, “Not yet!” We laughed, and frankly no it’s never bothered me, whether he catches it before me, or not.

I took this photo just now while we were chatting. If you look closely you’ll notice a small bright blue something with white letters on it in his pocket. I took this photo because I realized that little something is a plastic container that holds four glucose tablets.

Several years ago, the husband decided whenever we went out that he would carry that container of glucose tablets. He told me, “I know there’s not much I can do to help you, but this is one thing I can do.” When I took this photo I realized that he carries that container around in our small one bedroom apartment too.

Thank you husband. And thank you all our type 3s (loved ones) out there who love and support us. There isn’t a type 3 day that I know of but maybe there should be. Those of us who have them know how lucky we are.

CGM supplied for virtual clinical trial aimed at improving time in range

I read this in diaTribe this morning so wanted to share. A clinical trial, that will be done remotely, is recruiting 300 people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and supplying them with continuous glucose monitors (CGM) for free.

The trial will last six months. Its aim is to see whether using a CGM, with personal support, helps people stay in target range more of the time.

I can, and do when asked, say a CGM is life-changing; its the most critical offering in devices since syringes.

Think about it, a glucometer tells you your blood sugar when you check; for most people a few times a day or week. A CGM tells you your blood sugar every 5 minutes, 24/7, and whether it’s stable, going up or down and how quickly. Being able to take action based on this data, already has shown to help many people with diabetes have better management.

The trial is taking place in several states and you must be 18 or older. For other conditions and more information I direct you to the article, “Can A Virtual Diabetes Clinic Improve Time in Range?”